From what I gather in the open-source community, there are a number of us who have been working in previously isolated bubbles, but feel that we’d like to “loosely” join together to provide a full open-source and free software pipeline for the entire community to benefit from, and help uphold high standards of all forms of open-data (BIM, GIS, building physics, CDEs and versioning). I cannot speak for all the FOSS folks, of course, but it would be good to get some form of formal recognition in the form of a FOSS buildingSMART Chapter. The benefits would be:
- The industry can have more free software options, increasing the opportunity for innovation, lower barrier of entry, agile development, and transparency for BIM
- The open source community can have a “voice” to represent their views, similar to how vendors can currently also have a voice.
- The open source community can perhaps create pathways towards cheaper certification processes for BIM tools. The current model excludes indie developers, not necessarily at the benefit to users.
If chapters are limited to geographic location, this may under represent FOSS developers. I think more official exposure of FOSS devs would be help due to similar goals of openness and interoperability.
At the moment, there are a handful of FOSS devs who would be interested in joining, but this is very much an open-ended proposal.
What would be involved to make recognition of such a chapter official?